January 25, 1996
Consistent, credible political criticismAs first lady, and as an active participant in her husband's administration, Hillary Clinton is obviously fair game for public criticism. Beyond this fact, anyone in public life should be subject to public scrutiny regarding the propriety, and the legality, of their activities.Criticism and scrutiny, however, are frequently all too appropriate for at least some of the critics.Too often, there exists an enormous gap between those who criticize and the consistency or credibility of the criticism.
April 1, 1994
Mona Charen is a right-wing reactionaryRegarding the 18 boxed column inches you granted Mona Charen for "Rent for the wealthy" (March 23), the column obviously was of narrow relevance to readers of The Evening Sun, dealing as it did with the injustices of an archaic rent control system that has undergone unending politicization for over a generation in New York City.But you were not put off by the lack of regional or national relevance of this peculiarly local issue. You saw that Charen, the fundamentalist, right wing emissary of reactionary, conservative Republicanism, was really concerned with bashing the current Democratic administration.
September 30, 1996
Mona Charen can't speak for all womenThank you, Mona Charen, for waking me from my dogmatic slumbers. I think I am fairly well educated and fairly well informed. And I thought, before reading her Sept. 23 column ("Women are more conservative than they think they are"), that I had become more liberal as my knowledge about ideas and legislation grew. But Ms. Charen has kindly shown me just how wrong I was. She tells me, ''The more women know about ideas and legislation, the more conservative they become.
December 2, 1995
MORE THAN fruitcake or the Pound Puppies' barking Christmas carol, what I most hope we are spared this season is warring over how we celebrate our festivities in public settings.It is the rare winter solstice that passes without a tale of a school or a courthouse somewhere getting entangled in the web between church and state. Recently in Utah, a Jewish high school girl objected to the inclusion of Christian songs in her school's choral performance. Syndicated columnist Mona Charen soiled the page opposite a few weeks back with her suggestion that the aggrieved choir member could go sit in study hall if she didn't like it or do as Ms. Charen, a Jew, used to do: lip-sync offending passages so as not to upset God or her choir director.
August 23, 1996
What kind of country won't cure its ill?In these times of party conventions, we are constantly reminded how great America is and how proud Americans should be.We are told over and over again that America is about its great people and their pursuit of the American Dream.It seemed particularly astonishing to me, therefore, to hear the news of the lack of state funding to pay for protease inhibitors, these new drugs that could potentially cure AIDS.According to recent reports, up to 18 states don't cover these medications at all, whereas others are restricting the eligibility to only certain patients.
March 28, 1994
TCFathers' rights, responsibilities need balancingMona Charen, in her article about Baby Jessica ("Revisionist history in the case of Baby Jessica," March 21), seems to want it both ways.She mentions that Jessica's biological father was required to pay child support for another daughter, Amanda. Yet, though she feels strongly that he should be financially accountable for his children, she does not want him to have custody of Jessica.Ms. Charen feels that biology should not be considered when determining who is to be awarded custody.